Issei

The earliest wave of Japanese immigrants, the Issei (first generation), had a strong sense of their ethnic identity and retained the values and traditions of their country of birth. Most came to the United States as sojourners and planned to return to Japan after earning their fortunes. In addition, discriminatory laws forbade them from becoming American citizens and from exercising other basic rights, such as owning or leasing land. Since they were thus prevented from fully taking part in American life, it is not surprising that many still identified strongly with the culture of their homeland.

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Five Japanese Americans in front of D-C building (ddr-densho-362-15)
img Five Japanese Americans in front of D-C building (ddr-densho-362-15)
Two men, two women, and a child stand together in front of a building with a sign that reads "D-C". The Konishi family lived at 12-11 C.
Eight Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-362-17)
img Eight Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-362-17)
Eight individuals consisting of men, women, and a child gather for a group photo. A cabin appears in the background.
Japanese American woman and girl walk into the distance (ddr-densho-362-43)
img Japanese American woman and girl walk into the distance (ddr-densho-362-43)
A woman and girl walk up a trail with their backs towards the camera. A long road lays before them.
Japanese American man, woman, and three girls group photo (ddr-densho-362-46)
img Japanese American man, woman, and three girls group photo (ddr-densho-362-46)
A man, woman, and 3 young girls gather together for a group picture in an open field. A crowd of people are in the background.
Two men, two women, and a girl with stuffed bunny (ddr-densho-362-56)
img Two men, two women, and a girl with stuffed bunny (ddr-densho-362-56)
Two men, two women and a little girl holding a stuffed bunny gather together for a group shot. Camp cabins are in the background.
Four Japanese Americans in an open field (ddr-densho-362-14)
img Four Japanese Americans in an open field (ddr-densho-362-14)
A group of two men and two women stand together near an open field.
Two Japanese American women at barracks steps (ddr-densho-362-55)
img Two Japanese American women at barracks steps (ddr-densho-362-55)
Two women wearing black dresses pose together for a picture near a cabin barracks steps.
Japanese American woman and three children sit on barracks steps (ddr-densho-362-11)
img Japanese American woman and three children sit on barracks steps (ddr-densho-362-11)
One woman and three children (two boys and one girl) sit together on barracks steps. Tom Konishi is seated in the front of the group.
Group of Japanese American men, women, and children with coats and blankets (ddr-densho-362-32)
img Group of Japanese American men, women, and children with coats and blankets (ddr-densho-362-32)
Large group of men, women, and children dressed in coats and blankets, gather for a group picture in an open field.
Six Japanese Americans at railroad crossing (ddr-densho-362-42)
img Six Japanese Americans at railroad crossing (ddr-densho-362-42)
Two men, two women and two girls gather together near train tracks for a group photo.
Portrait of man (ddr-densho-359-594)
img Portrait of man (ddr-densho-359-594)
Caption beneath the photograph in the album "Mr. K. Kawamoto 1929"
Kawamoto family (ddr-densho-359-209)
img Kawamoto family (ddr-densho-359-209)
The members of the Kawamoto family pose for a family photograph. The caption in the album lists the members in the family in the back row from left to right "Joe, Papa [Kaichi], Mama [Itsuno], Jeanette" and the front row from left to right "Pauline, Alice".
Parents and son (ddr-densho-359-211)
img Parents and son (ddr-densho-359-211)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto pose in front of a tractor while Joe Kawamoto sits in the driver's seat of the tractor.
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-423)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-423)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto pose outside a building.
Japanese Americans in front of house (ddr-densho-359-250)
img Japanese Americans in front of house (ddr-densho-359-250)
From left to right Alice, Shigeko, May, Nabashima, Itami, Papa [Kaichi], Joe, Smith
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-433)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-433)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto sit by the water.
Women and children (ddr-densho-359-212)
img Women and children (ddr-densho-359-212)
The caption in the album name each person in photograph from left to right: Mama[Itsuno], Donnie, Pauline, Kenji, Shigeko
Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-470)
img Issei couple (ddr-densho-359-470)
Kaichi and Itsuno Kawamoto pose in front of a car.
Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
img Family birthday party (ddr-densho-359-215)
A group photograph at Donnie's 4th birtday party. Pictured from back to front and left to right: Mrs Hatashida, Yasuko H., Mrs Katamoto, Hideko K., Pauline, Fumiko, Mrs. Nishi, Alice, Hisako, Kenji, Yumiko, Tomiko, Bobby N.
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